Marty Griffin Taking Time To Heal Throat; Voice

The KDKA Radio host is recovering from cancer treatments

Marty Griffin and Wendy Bell
December 10, 2018 - 10:31 am

Andrew Limberg

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PITTSBURGH (Newsradio 1020 KDKA) - Still recovering from HPV-related cancer, KDKA Radio’s Marty Griffin said on a Facebook live video Monday he is talking some time off to heal his voice.

“Right now the reason I’m not doing the (show). . . I don’t want to destroy (my voice), I want to maintain my career and continue doing what I love to do and talking to you folks.”

Griffin completed chemotherapy/radiation treatments for squamous cell cancer in his throat in late October and it has been a slow recovery since.

Griffin says he still has “significant pain” in his throat and mouth as he heals.

 “I can’t speak at my (normal) level and when I’m on the air for three hours it really makes my tongue hurt and also makes my throat hurt, so we’re going to try to take time off before the first of the year to heal.”

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Weight loss has also been an issue for Griffin saying he’s “extremely thin”. This time last year Griffin says he weighed around 215 pounds and is now down to 160 pounds.

He hasn’t been able to eat solid food; drinking high-calorie shakes until his throat recovers.

Griffin plans to return to the air next week.

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